At Gallatin Vet, we recognize the power of alternative or complimentary medicine modalities such as Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, and Rehab programs. Sometimes the biggest barrier owners find themselves up against when deciding on alternative therapies is the financial commitment. This is especially true if your pet’s recommended therapies are multiple times per month, weekly, or twice weekly.
We strive to keep our prices low for these services and offer an affordable care package to save even more.
We welcome referrals from other veterinarians and want to be a resource in the Gallatin Valley for those patients in need of recovering from major procedures or orthopedic repairs. Without adding on additional financial strain. Give us a call to inquire about scheduling with Dr. Tilton!
Dr. Karyn Tilton knew before starting vet school that she wanted to be certified in veterinary acupuncture and canine rehabilitation. Being able to reduce pain and inflammation in dogs that either cannot tolerate medications, or just need another alternative way to diminish pain, help with issues like dry eye, nausea, allergies, or reproductive issues without any negative side-effects drew her to acupuncture. She became a certified medical veterinary acupuncturist (cVMA) in 2020 and loves the relaxing, quiet, hands-on time with her patients.
Owners are welcome to stay for the appointment or can drop-off while their pet receives treatment. Initial treatments typically include an orthopedic, neurologic exam and myofascial exam. The following treatments typically consist of a brief exam and update on how the patient has been doing at home. Every treatment ends with a brief, or sometimes not so brief, massage which allows her to assess the patient’s response to treatment. The dogs always love this part best. Treatment time runs between 30-60 minutes.
Dr. Tilton is expecting to finish her certification in canine rehab later in 2023 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She will be focusing on physical rehabilitation and exercises that help build strength, balance, and mobility in dogs with orthopedic or neurological issues. Much like our doctors and surgeons send us to physical therapists to either prepare for an orthopedic surgery or to regain strength in a structured program, dogs come to a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) for the best results before and/or after orthopedic or spinal surgery.
Our physical rehabilitation program may include e-stim, TENS, acupuncture, LASER, and ice/heat and may grow to include things like therapeutic ultrasound and PEMF. The patient’s mobility, strength, and gait will be assessed, and at-home or in-clinic exercises will be developed to specifically help that animal with their unique issue. Depending on the treatment(s) required, an appointment may be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour plus. Again, owners are welcome to stay or drop-off after a 5–10-minute update on how the patient has been doing at home.